Cars at the Raceway: “Cars 3” comes to life at Sonoma Raceway during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 from June 23 to 25. Young NASCAR fans can picture themselves with life-sized versions of the big-screen characters in a interactive “Cars 3” display and there will be kids autograph sessions, an air show, music and a Kids Club area. It will also be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last race in Sonoma. Tickets are $35 on Saturday and $49 on Sunday. Kids ages 12 and under are free on Friday and Saturday, and just $10 on Sunday.
Almost-free camp: Have you enrolled your child into a summer camp? If not, La Luz Center is partnering up with Sonoma Land Trust to offer a great one-week outdoor day camp in July for kids ages 7 to 10 years old for only $25. For an application, visit La Luz, or call 938-5131 for more information.
Pet camp: Pets Lifeline’s summer camp program is adding two new instructors: Sassarini pre-school teacher Danielle Smith, and El Verano pre-school teacher Mary Sporrong-Kraft (as well as long-time humane education director Mary Green). The weekly camps are from June 12 to August 18, for students 6 to 11 years of age. Some weeks will welcome preschoolers as well. Activities include art projects, games and learning to care for kittens, cats, puppies and dogs. Tuition is $125 per week. petslifeling.org.
Farm camp: Another camp that did not make my master list was Farm Tots. The Studdert Family Farm offers farm camps all summer for children aged 2.5 to 9 years old. Activities include caring for sheep, chickens and various farm animals, gardening, climbing trees, building forts, arts and crafts, sports and old-fashioned unstructured play. Kids spend all their time outdoors. Email Cindy at email@example.com to check availability.
Clay and Spanish camps: Sonoma Community Center’s Ceramics Program will host a bilingual Meso American Art Camp beginning July 31 and a Clay Camp & Tea Party (with some help from Ramekins) beginning August 7. The camps run $175 for members/ $195 for non-members and have a limited enrollment. Register asap. Email Kala@sonomacommunitycenter.org about aid. Website sonomacommunitycenter.org
Family night: Transcendence Theatre Co.’s “Fantastical Family Night” is set for July 14 and 15 at Jack London State Park. Pre-show picnics begin at 5 p.m.; shows at 7:30 pm. Special youth prices start at $32 at BestNightEver.org. $5 of every ticket sold benefits the Park.
Family cycling: On Saturday, July 15, the City of Sonoma is sponsoring a free one-day bicycle training event at the Community Center from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The first part takes place on a blacktop, where adults and children receive instruction on safe cycling strategies and practice riding through drills and maneuvers. The second portion is a supervised bike ride with traffic. Register online at bikesonoma.org/family-bike-workshops
Ride-A-Rig: The Junior League of Napa and Sonoma (who knew?) is hosting a “Ride A Rig” event for kids from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa on Sunday, June 25. Children can see and touch a wide array of big-rig vehicles. Tickets are $5.50 online at ljlns.org or at the door. Children under 2 are free.